HUTECH The Faculty of English Language co-organized the conference “Building Authentic Voices for Global Students”

On the morning of June 30 th , The Faculty of English Language of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH) in cooperation with National Geographic Learning Vietnam organized the conference "Building Authentic Voices for Global Students" (translation: Building the ability to use the actual language for global students) for English lecturers at HUTECH and universities training the language – English and American culture major.
 
Participating in the conference, Mr. Luong Duy Anh - Director of NGL National Geographic Learning Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen Chi Hieu - CEO of Innovative Education Group (IEG), Dr.Nguyen Xuan Hoang Viet - Vice President of HUTECH, Dr. Le Dinh Luong – Chief of office,Dr. Le Van Tuyen - Vice Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Tran Quoc Thao - Vice Dean of the Faculty, Ms. Vo Tu Phi Yen – Vice Director of HUTECH Informatics – Foreign Languages – Skills center.
 
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The board of HUTECH leaders and the distinguished guests at the conference “Building

Authentic Voices for Global Students”
 
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Dr. Nguyen Xuan Hoang Viet gave the opening remarks.

Dr. Tran Quoc Thao and Dr. Nguyen Chi Hieu were also the keynote speaker at the conference, along with Andrew Duenas - Senior Advisor of National Geographic Learning Vietnam.
 
 
 
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Mr. Luong Duy Anh handed flowers to Dr. Nguyen Xuan Hoang Viet
 
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Mr. Andrew Duenas handed flowers to Dr. Nguyen Chi Hieu and Dr. Tran Quoc Thao

With the goal of "building authentic voices for global students", the conference was aimed to raise awareness and apply authentic materials in teaching English including newspapers, movies, and English TV shows,… in which English is used "real", naturally, rather than sentences written according to a certain "sentence pattern" for illustrative purposes when teaching. Studying this type of language will help students access real English, thereby having the ability to use natural English, especially their speaking ability. This is also the direction that National Geographic Learning aims to develop its general and in-depth curricula.
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Andrew Duenas shared the direction National Geographic Learning aims to take when
developing syllabuses

 
On the behalf of HUTECH, Dr. Tran Quoc presented the topic "Empowering English Language Learners via Authentic Materials". In company with pointing out the benefits, the performance of Dr. Tran Quoc Thao also indicated the difficulties that are often encountered when using this type of material, such as requiring a certain cultural understanding with both teachers and learners, often including cultural stereotypes, many complex vocabularies, and sentence patterns, easy to lose their topicality, etc. In addition, with his research and teaching experience, HUTECH representatives also share several suitable criteria for the effective selection and use of real language materials.
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Dr. Tran Quoc Thao presented the topic "Empowering English Language Learners via
Authentic Materials"

Formally closed out the conference with the topic "How to Develop Original Thinking in Student Communication" which was presented by Dr. Nguyen Chi Hieu. The conference shares some essential methods for English learners to raise their "voice" when communicating, without relying too much on sentence patterns.
 
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Nguyen Chi Hieu presented the topic "How to Develop Original Thinking in Student
Communication"
 
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The lecturers were raising their questions, ardently discussing topics presented by the
speakers

Along with raising awareness of a practical language for English learners, the conference "Building Authentic Voices for Global Students" at HUTECH also contributed to creating a basis for cooperation between HUTECH Faculty of English and National Geographic Learning Vietnam - the Vietnamese branch of the famous National Geographic Learning publishing house globally.
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